Managing Automotive

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Managing Automotive

Marc L. Fleischaker

Marc Fleischaker, Chairman Emeritus at Arent Fox LLP
Marc L. Fleischaker
Chairman Emeritus
Washington, DC

Marc Fleischaker is chairman emeritus of Arent Fox. He maintains an active legal practice in a number of areas, including trade association representation, environmental law, antitrust law, litigation, and civil rights law.

Marc joined Arent Fox in 1971. He became a partner in 1978, was a member of the firm’s executive committee from 1983-2010, and served as Chairman from 1997-2010.

Client Work
Marc serves as counsel to national trade and professional associations and foundations in the fields of automotive parts, grain handling and export, higher education, credit counseling, and domestically produced athletic and waterproof plastic and rubber footwear.
Marc has been lead counsel in major regulatory matters and litigation throughout the country, as well as appellate challenges to federal agencies’ regulations.
Marc also has extensive antitrust counseling and litigation experience. He has represented numerous clients in matters related to the Sherman Act, the Robinson-Patman Act, and intellectual property.

Professional Activities
Marc has spent his entire career since law school with Arent Fox. He has always participated in substantial legal-related activities. Thus, Marc has chaired the Appleseed Foundation, the National Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs. He has also participated in many other nonprofit activities, including serving on the board of directors for groups such as the Council for Court Excellence and the DC Bar Foundation. He currently chairs the board of the National Health Law Program (NHeLP), and organized and runs a group of 11 law firms dedicated to encouraging pro bono activities among senior lawyers (Senior Attorney Initiative for Legal Services, or SAILS).

Publications, Presentations and Recognitions
Marc has published approximately 30 articles in legal and other periodicals and has spoken extensively before bar and employer groups. He is listed in Who’s Who in the WorldWho’s Who in AmericaWho’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the East.

Life Beyond the Law
In his spare time, Marc plays golf and is a member of The Members Club at Four Streams as well as Talbot Country Club. Marc and his wife, Phyllis, a former public school teacher, spend as much time as possible at their second home on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

Bar & Court Admissions
District of Columbia Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
Supreme Court of the United States
US District Court, Southern District of Illinois
US Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
US Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
US Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
US Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
US District Court, District of Columbia
US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
District of Columbia Court of Appeals

The George Washington University Law School, JD, 1971
University of Pennsylvania, The Wharton School, BS, 1967


Blog Posts by Marc L. Fleischaker

Industry Interests
Automakers and NHTSA Agree on Proactive Safety Principles

On January 15, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and 18 automakers pledged to work together to enhance safety and improve recalls. In addition, the automakers agreed to voluntarily work with the government to identify cybersecurity threats to cars and light trucks.
The “Proactive Safety Principles” reaffirm government and industry’s commitment to work collaboratively to improve vehicle safety. It was signed by the Department of Transportation (DOT), NHTSA, American Honda, BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo.

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Industry Interests
US Senate to Consider Proposed Automotive Defect Whistleblower Act

On February 26, 2015, the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a proposed bill that incentivizes whistleblowers to expose motor vehicle defects likely to cause serious injury or death. The proposed legislation, known as the Motor Vehicle Safety Whistleblower Act, S. 304, authorizes the Secretary of Transportation to pay up to 30 percent to any whistleblower whose information leads to a Department of Transportation or Department of Justice enforcement action that results in monetary sanctions over $1 million. The bill will now head to the Senate floor for a vote.

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